One of the more maligned closing tracks on a Manics album, ‘Gold Against the Soul’ is also the only time a title track has acted as a closing track.
Definitely one of the most daft Manics compositions of all time, ‘Symphony of Tourette’ has withstood some serious displeasure over the years, and is often thought of as GATS’ lowest moment.
One of the more amusing entries on Gold Against the Soul, ‘Nostalgic Pushead’ is also a powerful and lacerating rocker with one or two subtle touches.
One of the most acutely personal songs written by Edwards before The Holy Bible, ‘Roses in the Hospital’ is a longstanding fan favourite cruelly omitted from the Forever Delayed compilation in 2002.
The Manics aren’t barbaric, they just care – about drugs, in this instance. Drugs were a common theme for the band in the early ’90s, and never more so than on ‘Drug Drug Druggy’